Meet Tilli

Born: June 20, 2017

Age: Age 9 weeks

Weight: 10 lbs

Name: Tilli (Battle Maiden in German)

On Sunday we did something that most little kids dream of. We drove to a farm and brought home an adorable little puppy. Tilli is a Golden Retriever and should definitely weigh in under 70 lbs when grown. The three girls are beyond excited to have her in the family. Charlotte is 8-years-old and definitely has the upper hand. She’s a little smarter and cares just a little more about Tilli. She knows that if she listens to me with regard to the puppy rules, the puppy will love her the most. Charlotte plans to make Tilli “her dog.”

We are on day 3 and Tilli already feels at home. She woke up from her second night with spunk and confidence. Sleeping through the first two nights has been a breeze! I moved her cage right next to my bed and that seems to be working great. She plays then naps then eats then plays then naps and so on and so on. I hung a bell by the back door and she’s already ringing it with her nose to let us know she wants to go outside.

Next Friday we are going to start working with a trainer 2x per week to make sure she turns into a really good dog. Tilli will be around when the girls are in high school and I really would love to be able to take her places and be confident with her behaviors.

img_3001Tilli has a brother (same parents) named Blue who is 6 months old. He belongs to very good friends of ours. Two other families in town also got female puppies from this litter. It’s a puppy craze here! We can’t wait to have puppy play dates.

I do believe that love-at-first-sight is true in this household. We instantly fell in love with Tilli and can’t wait to see her grow… but not too fast. Puppy breath is the best.

It’s a Love for the Fair

We sure do know how to live it up in summer– it’s one fun thing to another. These kids don’t know how lucky they are to have a parent at home that keeps them busy each and every day. I do my best to remind them, but parenting is hard.

This past weekend we had our County Fair and our State Fair. Of course, these spoiled kids got the best of both fairs. We lucked out with 65 degrees the day of the State Fair. It’s so hard being there in 95 degrees and hot kids, walking from barn to barn and slurping down $10 lemonades.

We didn’t make it to State Fair last year so Elsa didn’t remember ever being there, Gretchen barely remembered. Well, we sure made up for it! The girls rode ponies, saw pig races, ate as many cheese curds as they could, saw the huge Clydesdale horses, saw baby chickens hatching, had a cream puff, went down the GIANT slide, cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and got a souvenir thanks to G’ma. It really was a fun day!

The first day we went to the County Fair nothing was open so we had to go back with Dad. The girls are finally brave enough and tall enough to go on some larger rides. They each went on a handful of fair rides, including bumper cars, and also played a game to bring home one of those ever-so-cheap stuffed animals. We saw more animals and monster trucks. That evening we even took them to Slinger Speedway to see real race cars.

To say these kids live the good life sure is an understatement. Trust me, I say no plenty! But sometimes it’s just nice to give them a fun weekend, spoiling them a little. They still have summer chores and have to use their own money to buy ice cream at the pool. Gretchen is still doing summer tutoring and Charlotte is playing the piano each week. We only have two weeks left of summer and plan to keep on living large. #livewhatyoulove

I’m blessed to be able to give them this fun little summer.